Dear Readers,

Summer is ripe with thrilling possibilities. It’s in the air – anything can happen! And if you're like me, you also love to indulge in escapist summertime pleasures, like watching a big summer blockbuster, enjoying a leisurely dinner party with friends, and taking a vacation to somewhere exotic. And who doesn’t find pleasure in a good summer read? In these wonderful, escapist new books, you’ll solve a murder in Paris alongside none other than Julia Child. You’ll fall in love with three stoic cowboys and partner up with handsome law enforcement officers. You’ll also traverse the wilds of Alaska and work down to bring down a terrorist with a rugged U.S. Marshal. And in a cozy novel from yours truly, you’ll visit a close-knit Texan town to see how opposites attract as three unlikely couples come together.

Be sure to head on over to too for more bookish fun, and look for my next round of recommendations in the magazine’s fall issue! More Down Home Reads are on the way, so don’t go far, y’all!


Happy Reading,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi's Current Book Selections

I’m so excited to welcome you all to Someday Valley for the first book in my new series! Centered around a lawyer’s quest to find the heirs of a recently deceased local man, his search will bring together people in unexpected ways and change this close-knit Texas community for the better. Opposites will attract and families will be found!

Set in the City of Light and starring Julia Child’s (fictional) best friend, and fellow American, this magnifique new historical mystery series combines a fresh perspective on the iconic chef’s years in post-WWII Paris with a delicious mystery and a unique culinary twist.

A train ride through the austere beauty of Alaska’s icy wilderness becomes a harrowing fight for survival at the Gateway to the Arctic as a rugged U.S Marshall and the federal judge he’s been sent to protect attempt thwart a threat to national security and save her daughter from certain death.

Three romantic thriller powerhouse authors team up to interweave three exciting storylines where brave heroes fight to protect the women they love when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a trio of vicious criminals on a rampage.

Filled with sizzling tension and well-drawn characters, three celebrated bestselling authors combine their talents to celebrate Americana and the appeal of the iconic cowboy hero with three distinct love stories laced with some danger.

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